Item - 2018.CD25.5

Tracking Status

CD25.5 - Review of Current Winter Respite and Shelter Services During the Recent Cold Weather

Decision Type:
Presentation
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on January 31 and February 1, 2018, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council reaffirm the 90 percent shelter occupancy cap in shelters across all sectors.

 

2.  City Council request the Federal Government to provide ongoing access and support in retaining operation of the Moss Park Armoury as a respite centre until April 15, 2018 at no cost to the City of Toronto.

 

3.  City Council request the Federal Government to consider the uploading and/or sharing of costs, operations and management of housing and shelter-related services including hotel contracts, for specialized populations which the Government of Canada is currently responsible for such as for asylum seekers, refugees, veterans and Indigenous persons and to ensure that culturally and linguistically appropriate wrap-around community service supports are in place for such residents.

 

4.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, in consultation with the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Interim Chief Financial Officer to: 

 

a. retain operations of the necessary respite centres, warming centres, and drop-in programs beyond the scheduled April 15, 2018 timeline to respond to the overcrowding in the shelter system;

 

b. work with the operators of the Out of the Cold programs with the aim of keeping the program running beyond the scheduled April 15, 2018 timeline to respond to the overcrowding in the shelter system;

 

c. immediately begin preparations for the 2018-2019 Winter season and to consult with all interested parties in these preparations with interested community stakeholders;

 

d. immediately develop service and maintenance standards for winter respite drop-ins, 24 hour drop-ins, warming centres and the Out of the Cold programs; and

 

e. ensure necessary budget adjustments are made for 2018 and subsequent years.

 

5.  City Council request the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network to immediately develop, in consultation with service providers, a comprehensive and funded plan to provide adequate health services, including mental health and harm reduction supports, throughout the shelter system, including within shelters, winter respite centres, warming centres, drop-in centres and Out of the Cold programs.

 

6.  City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to implement a third party review of the staff complement at all levels of the Shelter Support and Housing Administration (including management, food staff, cleaners, client services, etc.) and community agencies and programs that provide 24 hour service, with a view to reporting on deficiencies and identifying finances required to resolve them.

 

7.  City Council direct that the third party review, in Part 6 above, also include an examination of training standards and any upgrades that may be required.

 

8.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Internal Corporate Services, in conjunction with CreateTO, to enter into discussions with faith-based organizations to explore possibilities to acquire properties that are slated for sale that could include a shelter as well as other related City Services.

 

9.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to pursue appropriate accommodation and support for refugees and asylum seekers through partner agencies supporting immigrants and refugees, to lessen the reliance on the use of hotels as emergency shelters.

 

10.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to review the report, “An Evaluation of Toronto’s Warming Centre and Winter Response to Homelessness, January 2018” by the Health Providers Against Poverty and to report back to the February 28, 2018 meeting of Community Development and Recreation Committee on the feasibility of implementing the recommendations in that report.

 

11.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to investigate the feasibility of expanding the respite centre at 705 Progress Avenue from 49 beds to 100 beds, including ensuring social service and mental health supports are available at the site.

 

12.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in conjunction with the Chief Information Officer, to investigate and report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the feasibility of implementing a clear, web and graphic based, real-time, shelter/respite space availability reporting system, based on existing technologies in use elsewhere.

 

13.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to refine and communicate emergency and extreme weather shelter expansion emergency plans and activation protocols, and to develop a regular testing and exercise program in conjunction with regional municipalities, Federal and Provincial governments. 

 

14.  City Council thank management, front-line staff, partnering agencies, and all support workers for their excellent work in supporting, sheltering, and helping the homeless during a very trying time.

 

15.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to report back on a strategy and cost for an annual or bi-annual update of the City of Toronto and Government of Canada resource document, "Guide to Services for People who are Homeless," which was last updated in 2014.

 

16.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to report back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee with an update on medical triage, assessment, treatment and/or referral services, including those recently funded by the Province of Ontario in our shelter system, and whether mobile medical teams can be put in place to fill any gaps.

 

17.  City Council request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to report back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on opportunities for working with and setting up a referral system with Toronto offices of Veterans Canada and The Royal Canadian Legion and their program Operation: Leave the Streets Behind.

 

18.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report to the February 28, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5 above.

Background Information (City Council)

(January 30, 2018) Supplementary report from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A on Outreach to Faith Organizations regarding Winter Respite Services (CD25.5a)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/bgrd/backgroundfile-112284.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(January 16, 2018) Submission from Cathy Crowe, Street Nurse, Distinguished Visiting Practitioner, Ryerson University (CD.New.CD25.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-78034.pdf
(January 16, 2018) Letter from A.J. Withers, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (CD.New.CD25.5.2)
(January 17, 2018) Letter from Kira Heineck, Executive Lead, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (CD.New.CD25.5.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-75588.pdf
(January 17, 2018) Letter from Kwame McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Wellesley Institute (CD.New.CD25.5.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-75590.pdf
(January 17, 2018) Submission from Maurice Adongo, Community Health Worker, Street Health (CD.New.CD25.5.5)
(January 17, 2018) Submission from Leslie McDonald, Executive Director of Habitat Services (CD.New.CD25.5.6)

Communications (City Council)

(January 18, 2018) Letter from Leslie McDonald, Executive Director, Habitat Services (CC.Main.CD25.5.7)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/comm/communicationfile-78210.pdf
(January 31, 2018) Submission from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale - An Evaluation of Toronto's Warming Centres and Winter Response to Homelessness; January 2018, Health Providers Against Poverty (CC.New.CD25.5.8)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cc/comm/communicationfile-78396.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, in conjunction with the Chief Information Officer, to investigate and report to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on the feasibility of implementing a clear, web and graphic based, real-time, shelter/respite space availability reporting system, based on existing technologies in use elsewhere.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-31-2018 3:14 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD25.5 - Holyday - motion 1a
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

1b - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Stephen Holyday (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to refine and communicate emergency and extreme weather shelter expansion emergency plans and activation protocols, and to develop a regular testing and exercise program in conjunction with regional municipalities, Federal and Provincial governments.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-31-2018 3:15 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD25.5 - Holyday - motion 1b
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Shelley Carroll
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Amended)

That City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Internal Corporate Services to enter into discussions with faith-based organizations to explore possibilities to acquire properties that are slated for sale that could include a shelter as well as other related City Services.

 

Amended by motion 6b by Councillor Pasternak

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-31-2018 3:18 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD25.5 - Fletcher - motion 2 as amended by motion 6b
Total members that voted Yes: 36 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Vincent Crisanti, Michael Ford, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Gord Perks (Lost)

That, in order to address the shelter crisis that is a result of a lack of affordable housing across the City, City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the Planning and Growth Management Committee at its April 5, 2018 meeting on proposed amendments to the City's zoning By-laws to make rooming houses a permitted use City-wide.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-31-2018 3:19 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - CD25.5 - Perks - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 14 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, John Campbell, Josh Colle, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 26 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

4 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to review the report, “An Evaluation of Toronto’s Warming Centre and Winter Response to Homelessness, January 2018” by the Health Providers Against Poverty and to report back to the February 28, 2018 meeting of Community Development and Recreation Committee on the feasibility of implementing the recommendations in that report.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-31-2018 3:20 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD25.5 - Wong-Tam - motion 4
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Carried)

That City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to investigate the feasibility of expanding the respite centre at 705 Progress Avenue from 49 beds to 100 beds, including ensuring social service and mental health supports are available at the site.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-31-2018 3:21 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD25.5 - De Baeremaeker - motion 5
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Stephen Holyday
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

6a - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That City Council:

 

1.  Thank management, front-line staff, partnering agencies, and all support workers for their excellent work in supporting, sheltering, and helping the homeless during a very trying time.

 

2.  Request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to report back on a strategy and cost for an annual or bi-annual update of the City of Toronto and Government of Canada resource document, "Guide to Services for People who are Homeless," which was last updated in 2014.

 

3.  Request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to report back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee with an update on medical triage, assessment, treatment and/or referral services, including those recently funded by the Province of Ontario in our shelter system, and whether mobile medical teams can be put in place to fill any gaps.

 

4.  Request the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration, to report back to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on opportunities for working with and setting up a referral system with Toronto offices of Veterans Canada and The Royal Canadian Legion and their program Operation: Leave the Streets Behind.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Jan-31-2018 3:22 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD25.5 - Pasternak - motion 6a
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 1 Members that voted No are Glenn De Baeremaeker
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

6b - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That Motion 2 by Councillor Paula Fletcher be amended by adding the words "in conjunction with CreateTO" so that it now reads as follows:

 

That City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Internal Corporate Services, in conjunction with CreateTO, to enter into discussions with faith-based organizations to explore possibilities to acquire properties that are slated for sale that could include a shelter as well as other related City Services.

Vote (Amend Motion) Jan-31-2018 3:16 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD25.5 - Pasternak - motion 6b
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Jan-31-2018 3:23 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - CD25.5 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Lucy Troisi, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Frank Di Giorgio, Giorgio Mammoliti, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner

CD25.5 - Review of Current Winter Respite and Shelter Services During the Recent Cold Weather

Decision Type:
Presentation
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Community Development and Recreation Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council reaffirm the 90 percent shelter occupancy cap in shelters across all sectors.

 

2.  City Council request the Federal Government to provide ongoing access and support in retaining operation of the Moss Park Armoury as a respite centre until April 15, 2018 at no cost to the City of Toronto.

 

3.  City Council request the Federal Government to consider the uploading and/or sharing of costs, operations and management of housing and shelter-related services including hotel contracts, for specialized populations which the Government of Canada is currently responsible for such as for asylum seekers, refugees, veterans and Indigenous persons and to ensure that culturally and linguistically appropriate wrap-around community service supports are in place for such residents.

 

4.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, in consultation with the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Acting Chief Financial Officer to: 

 

a. retain operations of the necessary respite centres, warming centres, and drop-in programs beyond the scheduled April 15, 2018 timeline to respond to the overcrowding in the shelter system;

 

b. work with the operators of the Out of the Cold programs with the aim of keeping the program running beyond the scheduled April 15, 2018 timeline to respond to the overcrowding in the shelter system;

 

c. immediately begin preparations for the 2018-2019 Winter season and to consult with all interested parties in these preparations with interested community stakeholders;

 

d. immediately develop service and maintenance standards for winter respite drop-ins, 24 hour drop-ins, warming centres and the Out of the Cold programs; and

 

e. ensure necessary budget adjustments are made for 2018 and subsequent years.

 

5.  City Council request the Ministry of Health and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network to immediately develop, in consultation with service providers, a comprehensive and funded plan to provide adequate health services, including mental health and harm reduction supports, throughout the shelter system, including within shelters, winter respite centres, warming centres, drop-in centres and Out of the Cold programs.

 

6.  City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to implement a third party review of the staff complement at all levels of the Shelter Support and Housing Administration (including management, food staff, cleaners, client services, etc.) and community agencies and programs that provide 24 hour service, with a view to reporting on deficiencies and identifying finances required to resolve them.

 

7.  City Council direct that the third party review, in Recommendation 6 above, also include an examination of training standards and any upgrades that may be required.

 

8.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to pursue appropriate accommodation and support for refugees and asylum seekers through partner agencies supporting immigrants and refugees, to lessen the reliance on the use of hotels as emergency shelters.

 

9.  City Council direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report on recommendations 2, 3, 4 and 5 to the February 28, 2018 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Community Development and Recreation Committee:

 

1.  Requested the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, in consultation with the Deputy City Manager, Internal Corporate Services, to report directly to City Council on discussions with faith organizations regarding opportunities for respite services in local churches which are no longer conducting services.

 

2.  Requested the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the February 28, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on resources and training that can be provided to providers of the Out of the Cold program in handling harm reduction situations, including the disposal of needles and cleaning areas that have been used for injection. 

 

3.  Requested the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Shelter Support and Housing Administration to make a joint presentation, together with representatives of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), regarding the shelter operating model, including health services provided through the LHINs, at the February 28, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting.

 

4.  Requested the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, in consultation with the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the February 28, 2018 meeting of the Committee with the following information:  

 

a. the need for 1000+ new permanent shelter beds in the system;

 

b. the number of current permanent shelter beds in the City of Toronto;

 

c. the number of motel and hotel beds used as shelter beds in the City of Toronto;

 

d. the number of emergency spaces (mats, cots or chairs), including those at winter respite centres and 24-hour drop-ins, available in the City of Toronto; 

 

e.  a breakdown of replacement shelter beds versus actual new shelter beds planned for 2018 and 2019;

 

f.  the number of permanent shelter beds required today in order to meet our 90 percent occupancy target;

 

g.  the total shelter budget approved in each of the last ten years;

 

h.  the number of health, mental health, and harm reduction workers employed by the City of Toronto currently working within the shelter system;

 

i.  the number of frontline health and harm reduction staff funded by the Province of Ontario working with the shelter system;

 

j.  the number of transitional and supportive housing beds currently funded by the Province of Ontario in the City of Toronto;

 

k.  the current waiting list for transitional and supportive housing beds in the City of Toronto;

 

l.  the details of the current Province of Ontario imposed cap on shelter funding for the City of Toronto;

 

m.  the details of the current Government of Canada funding allocations to support shelter services in Toronto;

 

n.  a funding and capacity comparison of provincial investments in shelters, including permanent and transitional shelter beds and respite centres, made to Toronto and other Great Toronto Area municipalities, and an evaluation of those investments relative to the numbers of homeless individuals in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area municipalities; and

 

o.  an analysis of the number of transitional and supportive housing units required to accommodate residents in shelters and on various social housing waiting lists; and further additional strategies to address this sector with numeric goals and policy objectives.

Summary

City Officials will provide an update on the status of Winter Respite Services and the additional services activated during the recent cold weather.

Communications

(January 16, 2018) Submission from Cathy Crowe, Street Nurse, Distinguished Visiting Practitioner, Ryerson University (CD.New.CD25.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-78034.pdf
(January 16, 2018) Letter from A.J. Withers, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (CD.New.CD25.5.2)
(January 17, 2018) Letter from Kira Heineck, Executive Lead, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness (CD.New.CD25.5.3)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-75588.pdf
(January 17, 2018) Letter from Kwame McKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Wellesley Institute (CD.New.CD25.5.4)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2018/cd/comm/communicationfile-75590.pdf
(January 17, 2018) Submission from Maurice Adongo, Community Health Worker, Street Health (CD.New.CD25.5.5)
(January 17, 2018) Submission from Leslie McDonald, Executive Director of Habitat Services (CD.New.CD25.5.6)

Speakers

Kira Heineck, Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness
Mark Aston, Executive Director, Fred Victor Centre
Debbie Hill-Corrigan, Executive Director, Sojourn House
Paul Bruce, Cota Health
Leslie McDonald, Executive Director, Habitat Services
Jean Stevenson, Executive Director, Madison Community Services
Gregory Rodriguez, Out of the Cold - Ward 33
Maurice Adongo, Community Health Worker, Street Health
Cathy Crowe, Street Nurse, Distinguished Visiting Practitioner, Ryerson University
Yogi Acharya, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Louise Smith, Covenant House Toronto
Greg Cook, Outreach Worker, Sanctuary Toronto
A.J. Withers, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
Dana Dack, Sistering
Patricia O'Connell, Executive Director, Sistering
Councillor Janet Davis

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Amended)

1.  City Council:


a. reaffirm the 90 percent shelter occupancy cap in shelters across all sectors.

 

b. request the Federal Government to provide ongoing access and support in retaining operation of the Moss Park Armoury as a respite centre until April 15, 2018 at no cost to the City of Toronto

 

c. request the federal government to consider the uploading and/or sharing of costs, operations and management of housing and shelter-related services including hotel contracts, for specialized populations which the Government of Canada is currently responsible for such as for asylum seekers, refugees, veterans and Indigenous persons and to ensure that culturally and linguistically appropriate wrap-around community service supports are in place for such residents

 

d. direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A in consultation with the General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Acting Chief Financial Officer to:

 

i) retain operations of the necessary respite centres, warming centres, and drop-in programs beyond the scheduled April 15, 2018 timeline to respond to the overcrowding in the shelter system;

 

ii) Work with the operators of the Out of the Cold programs with the aim of keeping the program running beyond the scheduled April 15, 2018 timeline to respond to the overcrowding in the shelter system;

 

iii) immediately begin preparations for the 2018-2019 Winter season and to consult with all interested parties in these preparations with interested community stakeholders;

 

iv)  immediately develop service and maintenance standards for winter respite drop-ins, 24 hour drop-ins, warming centres and the Out of the Cold programs;

 

v) ensure necessary budget adjustments are made for 2018 and subsequent years.

 

e. request the Ministry of Health and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network immediately to develop, in consultation with service providers, a comprehensive and funded plan to provide adequate health services, including mental health and harm reduction supports, throughout the shelter system, including within shelters, winter respite centres, warming centres, drop-in centres and Out of the Cold programs.

  

2.  City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A to report on recommendations 1.b, 1.c, 1.d and 1.e to the February 28, 2018 meeting of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.

  

3.  Community Development and Recreation Committee request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A in consultation with the General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to report to the February 28, 2018 meeting of the Committee with the following information: 

 

a. The need for 1000+ new permanent shelter beds in the system;

 

b. Number of current permanent shelter beds in the City of Toronto;

 

c. Number of motel and hotel beds used as shelter beds in the City of Toronto;

 

d. Number of emergency spaces (mats, cots or chairs), including those at winter respite centres and 24-hour drop-ins, available in the City of Toronto; 

 

e. Breakdown of replacement shelter beds versus actual new shelter beds planned for 2018 and 2019;

 

f. Number of permanent shelter beds required today in order to meet our 90 percent occupancy target;

 

g. Total shelter budget approved in each of the last 10 years;

 

h. Number of health, mental health, and harm reduction workers employed by the City currently working within the shelter system;

 

i. Number of frontline health and harm reduction staff funded by the Province working with the shelter system;

 

j. Number of transitional and supportive housing beds currently funded by the Province of Ontario in the City of Toronto;

 

k. Current waiting list for transitional and supportive housing beds in the City of Toronto;

 

l. Details of the current Province of Ontario imposed cap on shelter funding for the City of Toronto;

 

m. Details of the current Government of Canada funding allocations to support shelter services in Toronto;

 

n. A funding and capacity comparison of provincial investments in shelters, including permanent and transitional shelter beds and respite centres, made to Toronto and other GTA municipalities, and an evaluation of those investments relative to the numbers of homeless individuals in Toronto and GTA municipalities.

Vote (Amend Item) Jan-17-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Michael Ford

2a - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council direct the General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration to pursue appropriate accommodation and support for refugees and asylum seekers through partner agencies supporting immigrants and refugees, to lessen the reliance on the use of hotels as emergency shelters.

Vote (Amend Item) Jan-17-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Michael Ford

2b - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

That:

 

1.  City Council request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, to implement a third party review of the staff complement at all levels of the Shelter Support and Housing Administration (including management, food staff, cleaners, client services, etc.) and community agencies and programs that provide 24 hour service, with a view to reporting on deficiencies and identifying finances required to resolve them.

 

2.  City Council direct that the third party review also include an examination of training standards and any upgrades that may be required.

Vote (Amend Item) Jan-17-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Michael Ford

2c - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

That Councillor Wong-Tam's motion 1 be amended by adding a new Part 3.o:

 

o. An analysis of the number of transitional and supportive housing units required to accommodate residents in shelters and on various social housing waiting lists; and further additional strategies to address this sector with numeric goals and policy objectives.

Vote (Amend Motion) Jan-17-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Michael Ford

3 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Joe Cressy (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration and the General Manager, Shelter Support and Housing Administration make a joint presentation, together with representatives of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), regarding the shelter operating model, including health services provided through the LHINs, at the February 28, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting.

Vote (Amend Item) Jan-17-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Michael Ford

4 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Paula Fletcher (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The Deputy City Manager, Cluster A, in consultation with the Deputy City Manager, Internal Services, report directly to City Council on discussions with faith organizations regarding opportunities for respite services in local churches which are no longer conducting services.

Vote (Amend Item) Jan-17-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Michael Ford

5 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor James Pasternak (Carried)

That:

 

1.  The General Manager, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration report to the February 28, 2018 Community Development and Recreation Committee meeting on resources and training that can be provided to providers of the Out of the Cold program in handling harm reduction situations, including the disposal of needles and cleaning areas that have been used for injection.

Vote (Amend Item) Jan-17-2018

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 5 Members that voted Yes are Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak (Chair), Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Michael Ford
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council